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Remote sensing of severe convective storms over Qinghai-Xizang PlateauThe American satellite, GOES-1 was moved to the Indian Ocean at 58 deg E during the First GARP Global Experiment (FGGE). The Qinghai-Xizang Plateau significantly affects the initiation and development of heavy rainfall and severe storms in China, just as the Rocky Mountains influence the local storms in the United States. Satelite remote sensing of short-lived, meso-scale convective storms is particularly important for covering a huge area of a high elevation with a low population density, such as the Qinghai-Xizang Plateau. Results of this study show that a high growth rate of the convective clouds, followed by a rapid collapse of the cloud top, is associated with heavy rainfall in the area. The tops of the convective clouds developed over the Plateau lie between the altitudes of the two tropopauses, while the tops of convective clouds associated with severe storms in the United States usually extend much above the tropopause.
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Conference Paper
Hung, R. J.
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Liu, J. M.
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Tsao, D. Y.
(Alabama, University Huntsville, AL, United States)
Smith, R. E.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
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International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment(Ann Arbor, MI)
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